Lancashire

Upholland post office robberies: £25,000 reward offered

Post Office on Hall Green
Image caption The post office has been targeted in raids during 2011 and 2013

A reward of £25,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of a gang which carried out an armed robbery in Lancashire.

Three men targeted Upholland Post Office as it was closing for the night in November 2011. A customer was shot in the back of the leg during the raid.

Lancashire Police are investigating possible links between the crime and a robbery at the post office this year.

A stolen car was reversed through the window, with £28,000 taken from inside.

Staff were threatened with a sawn-off shotgun during the raid on 11 January.

'Clearly dangerous'

CCTV from the January incident at the post office is being featured on BBC1's Crimewatch programme at 21:00 BST.

Det Sgt Phil Bowerbank, from Lancashire Police, said the men were "clearly dangerous and need to be stopped".

He said: "This robbery was clearly pre-planned so I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area not only on the night, but in the days leading up to the robbery, to come forward and speak with police.

"We are also investigating the possibility that the same offenders committed an earlier robbery at the same premises in November 2011, whereby a female cashier was attacked as she locked up on a Friday evening."

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